What types of projects would these 5ft oak planks be suitable for

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Forum topic by Prizen posted 12-28-2014 08:38 PM 1129 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-28-2014 08:38 PM

Hi guys,

Haven’t been on the tools in a long time but 55 of these 5 ft planks have become available at around $400.

Just wondering what projects might be suitable for these (without too much work/waste)


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#1 posted 12-28-2014 08:48 PM

I would grab those in a heart beat. They look old, rustic ect which is in high demand these days. How about tables, coffee, kitchen, end etc. If you don’t want them I sure would but I am sure I am too far away. Doug

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#2 posted 12-28-2014 08:50 PM

For yourself or to sell? Tabletops would be the obvious choice to me. Bases could be painted cheaper wood for a farmhouse look, or steampunky welded metal. What do YOU want to build?

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#3 posted 12-28-2014 09:09 PM

Since you only give a length and no other dimensions and I can’t tell by the picture, I don’t know.

Are the planks clean enough to run over a jointer and through a planer?

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#4 posted 12-28-2014 09:51 PM

Haven’t got to them in person yet. Unfortunately the ad only lists one other dimension, which is 3 inches. I myself am not sure what i would build with them yet. I am between a house move at the moment, so not in a position to work them in the near future, but i suspect there would be a great opportunity to make furniture for it. Reason for running it by you guys first is

1. If there is a risk for any issues arising that would make them difficult to work with, or maybe not easy to plane as is possibly indicated by above post. What should i look out for when inspecting them?
i am not sure how long they’ve been in storage for, but i could store them for months to dry out further.

2. Thoughts on what would be relatively easy to build with these, ive an empty house to fill soon!!

not that experienced but would have time on my side, so would to hear more of what you think!!

thanks guys

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#5 posted 12-29-2014 11:09 PM

3 inch thick planks? Easy to build? Unless you could resaw these they are probably to big for anything other than a MASSIVE farmhouse table slab. Even then 3 inches is pretty huge. They need to be further milled, and unless you want to spend money on having a mill get these down to workable sizes affordably I might pass on them.

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#6 posted 12-30-2014 12:26 AM

Roubo workbench!

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#7 posted 01-01-2015 12:22 AM

thanks for the feedback guys. Will be checking them out in person at the weekend.

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#8 posted 01-01-2015 01:55 AM

I’d build some ladders.

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#9 posted 01-01-2015 03:39 AM

A fireplace mantle wood look great if finished well or even left unfinished. Just let your immagination run wild. There is no doubt that your wife could tell exactly what you should build for her.

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#10 posted 01-01-2015 03:46 AM

I’d say tables and and matching benches.

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#11 posted 01-01-2015 08:15 PM

You know, these are a good size (length-wise). You’re not limited that much as far as building furniture (tables, chairs, etc.). My #1 son hauled over a pretty good size cherry log, but it was only about 30-32” long. Kind limits me on certain things. But I did get a few 12-13” wide boards out of the log.

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#12 posted 01-01-2015 08:22 PM

Seems like build almost anything,just make sure the wood is worth having.

-- Custom furniture

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#13 posted 01-01-2015 10:18 PM

Most furniture doesn’t require long pieces so you could make just about anything, dressers, night stands, tables, bookcases, you name it.

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#14 posted 01-01-2015 10:47 PM

Take it easy My friend you really must satisfy yourself it really is a bargain, and also, what you want or at leat can use.When I bought thirty years ago at an auction in the last few seconds of a sale ( I arrived very late LOL)what I thought was a fantastic bargain.when the auctioneer said ” last and final bids” and added I don’t bleive this four hundred pieces of porcelain for Two Hundred and thirty eight pounds out of asbsolute greed I stuck my hand up after I had paid which is how the designed it I found that about 330 on the pieces were saucers not a cup in sight and about ten different designs LOL .I had to take them ,no question regarding that ,and it spoiled my evening I can now confess .Bronwen just laughed and said don’t worry in the beautiful kind way she always does.They lay with me for several years in a storage facility I owned, when eventually I found another such as I who bought and paid for them without seeing them.PURE GREED, so don’t please find they are all scrap matchsticks at the end of a tiring day. Alistair

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#15 posted 01-02-2015 12:49 AM

Buckethead has the right idea, make a bench. Everything else that you want to do will be so much easier. Take it from an old man that has just discovered that a Roubo bench ,regardless of how challenging it is ,is well worth the time.

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